SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Sur Talons Rouges.

The second of Éric Allatini’s books to be illustrated by Gerda Wegener was published by the prolific Paris publisher Georges Briffaut. Sur talons rouges (On Red High Heels) is a romantic novel set in eighteenth-century France in which everything is overdone, from language to high fashion; it is in many ways a clever play on the French penchant for the ‘galante’. Gerda Wegener’s twelve illustrations are likewise a highly-skilled pastiche of engravings from France’s romantic past, including the flourishes of the accompanying captions. Éric Allatini was killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in December 1943.

Paris, 1929 Briffaut.
Purchased NY book fair 2020
12 + 2
Paris, 1929 Briffaut.

Sur Talons Rouges. (On Red Heels) Contes. (Tales) Aquarelles (Watercolours). 4to. (4), 152, (4)pp. With 12 coloured aquatintas by Gerda Wegener. Later purple full morocco with three col. labels, gilt, orig. wrappers bound in, with slipcase. An unnumbered copy (total 449) on vergé d'Arches. - Dedication by Gerda Wegener to French cardiologist René Lutembacher (1884-1958) on flyleaf, dated 31.12.1928. - Loosely inserted one leaf with two full-page orig. watercolours by Gerda Wegener. A fine copy. Pages uncut in places. Coloured plates in order: 1. Elle e'lait l'allégorie de l'Innocence. (loose) 2. [Not titled] (loose) 3. Son Entree fut sensationnelle. 4. La Fuite du Sapajou. 5. Le Retour de Vespasien. 6. Les Serenades d'Amour voguaient sur les Canaux. 7. Tiepolo peignait. 8. Le mystérieux Apothicaire. 9. La Baronne tachait de se degager. 10. Elle franchit impeccablement une haute Haie. 11. Elle était l'Allegorie de l'Innocence. 12. Dona Juana revait a des Reves felins. 13. La Mort du Marquis. 14. Mon Bras lui planta un Poignard...